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Priest by SIRE-N Priest by SIRE-N
Forgive me Father, for I have sinned.
I'm afraid I've let the darkness in.


Just another bit from another song I'm writing. If there is a Hell,
this raging priest fetish I have is surely going to send me there.

Edit: Yes, I am aware that the inverted cross is not a symbol
directly linked to evil.


It is first and foremost the symbol of the martyrdom of Peter. It
is believed that Peter requested this form of crucifixion as he felt
he was unworthy to be crucified in the same manner that Jesus
died.

Though I used it here with a deeper meaning than mocking Jesus's
crucifixion or portraying the Cross of St. Peter. The inverted cross
is a symbol of a Christian martyr. During the early Christian centuries,
the term 'martyr' acquired the extended meaning of a believer
who is called to witness for their religious belief, and on account
of this witness, endures suffering and/or death.

This priest is possessed by the embodiment of the very belief
system he refuses. He's going to be called to witness for his
own beliefs and will, indefinitely, endure suffering and death.
I'm using it here to mock the martyr.



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:iconrevscrj:
Firstly let me say why I think the piece works as there is only one minor element that I would personally alter for more impact:

Diagonal lines and the sharpness of their angle are what guide the eye as it absorbs in a new artwork so: the gentle gradient of the hillside matched against those of the shoulders create a slow movement after the eye is done reading the text for as it hits page, mostly due to the heaviness of the line used in the hill, it is the first slope the eye follows. If all line slopes were equal the eye would begin with the upper left corner's first met slope line but weight trumps position in most cases. As you will not is the case with the very sharp low weight stone crack to the left of the priest. The weight is so low that the eye doesn't follow it, too many of these will confuse the eye-path, here however it cushions and assists a later eye movement.

Since the hill line doesn't hit a mass of detail and shade variation at the body it passes through it, follows a backward 's' up to the face, here assisted by the crack, whose symmetry leads the eye around and the down the left shoulder into the text. In this there is a complete circuit. That pleases both left and right brain.

Here is really the only non-positive point I see: the font and weight of the text itself. The quickly resolving curves of it are in direct conflict with the slowness and ease of movement of the rest of the piece, add the serif and its a lot of fast eye micro-movements in a piece whose feeling is of a very cool and collected form of evil, which could work as a conceptual contrast of oooooh say 'the voice of the priest trying to speak beset upon by this thing'. I don't think that would work here though as nothing at all in the piece aside from the text suggests conflict, and I think with a sans serif font with more sharpness in its angularity the conflict would become instead a punctuated sarcasm coming from the demon. I would also try to achieve the blocking without use of the deep blacks, maybe only with font and accentuation with the blood splashing so as to take out those platforms which would further amplify the eye route of the diagonals.

Hope this helps. Cheers.
Revscrj
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i would hope to say one would see this as a positive critique on this work. this piece could be interpreted in many ways, as it seems to me its a rather surreal piece. there is a lot of texture, a lot to catch the eye and make it stand out at you. after initially reading the text, as one would do, which is very poetic, and a good choice of font and graphics, the eyes gravitate to the figure, rather two-dimensional, and with the amount of blackness in the figure's construction, attention is centered on the face. not too detailed, which would take away from the art, but the point of it clearly made. after that, one can speculate on the background. which i would interpret as a concrete looking construct. at first glance. then noticing the placement of the angles, i would suppose a piece of parchment set at an angle, with delightfully detailed and placed blood stains, to add the effect that this piece is no fairy tale, and you can feel the negative tension and impact in the work. its lacks gory detail, which would take away once again from the initial surreal concept of the work. all in all, a wonderful interpretive piece.

on other notes, as my critique is sounding a little too opinionated, the speculation on the three elements, the text, the figure, and the background: the main concentration should have been on the text, and the rest of it set a little more into the background. the figure, and other components could have been added a little more subtle, as to set the mood for the text. as it is, it appears more as a caption rather than quotation. acceptable either way, though very difficult to ascertain between the two options. as the figure lacks a shadow, it appears more as a two-dimensional character add on, overlapping the artwork, rather than blending into it.

positively speaking, the three elements do well with each other. though they appear separate, and give off three separate tones in the piece. the figure stands upright, has no detailed definition of his body. the background has a lot of definition, but leaves a lot of room to speculate its meaning. the text, that one would initially point their eyes to, doesn't have as much detail as the rest, which separates it as well.

i hope i have giving you some insight with my critique, as overall this is a wonderful piece and you have a lot of talent.
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Nagneto Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
"and I LIKE it."
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TheMuff1n Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013
I think you just gave me a priest fetish x.x oh boy, images lol This is a painfully beautiful picture i love it
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WhoreLenore Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Student General Artist
Oh my god. Raging-priest-fetish-FIVE! I realllllly love this :D

XO WL
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CiriaJacobs Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Student Digital Artist
That face and then that colar.. very meaningful and well said with a single picture
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SIRE-N Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Student General Artist
Thank you kindly~
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CiriaJacobs Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Student Digital Artist
My utmost pleasure :)
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failings Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow. I adore your use of simple, striking lines along with a hauntingly complex image and background. The symbolism of the upside-down cross and those deep black eyes... I hope you continue to make these intricate poetic images!
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SIRE-N Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Student General Artist
Thank you, as always. <3
This type of work is usually what I turn to when I need to
relax so I'm sure there will be plenty more to come. (:
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JoseJorgeArguelles Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Good use of black and white. The words themselves are full. If I were to not think about it I'd think the character to the right were feeling bad about something they've done. But on closer inspection I can think of nothing else that might come of it. The theme is enduring. There's nothing more enlightening than redemption and nothing more classical than comedy and tragedy and you've brought them together very wisely.

Give it a 4.5 because face value I'm drawn to it and thought-wise I'm provoked by it.
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SIRE-N Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Student General Artist
Thank you so much for such an in depth analysis.
I live for these kind of critiques. Thank you!
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angelenroute Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Professional Writer
that picture of the priest is hot! (as is your profile pic by the way) ...former monk here, took a trip to Rome when I was in the order and saw the bones of St. Peter underneath the Vatican, amazing experience...love your poem too of course =)
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SIRE-N Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Student General Artist
Haha, thanks! And oh? You were a monk?
How interesting! You should note me, I'd
love to hear more of your story if you're
willing to tell it. I visited Rome last year
but sadly I didn't get to see the Vatican.
You're so fortunate! ^^
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6-9Changeling Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Interesting meaning! Glad you explained it |D Can't wait for the songs!!
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SIRE-N Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Student General Artist
Thanks! x3
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6-9Changeling Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yep! c:
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ShiroIri Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
14 words with so much meaning.
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SIRE-N Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Student General Artist
Thank you, my dear. They do have quite a lot of meaning to me, so it's a strange
relief to find that others read meaning amongst the lines as well.
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innercartwheel Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Student General Artist
These little lines, I sometimes wonder how in the world I never find them first. You have great theatricality in your writing.
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SIRE-N Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Student General Artist
You know, I wrote this and I had to Google it to make sure I had gotten to it first, haha. I was fortunate (and surprised) when no one else had.
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innercartwheel Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Student General Artist
Ha, I have to do that too sometimes. ^_^
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Pisano1 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013
I'm not sure if you were trying to symbolize something different with the upside down cross, but that symbol is actually the Cross of St. Peter. Before his crucifixion, the apostle Peter asked his Roman captors to invert his cross.
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SIRE-N Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Student General Artist
Because he thought himself to be unworthy of being crucified in the same manner as Jesus Christ. Though I used it here with a deeper meaning than just mocking Jesus's crucifixion or portraying the Cross of St. Peter. The inverted cross is a symbol of a Christian martyr. During the early Christian centuries, the term 'martyr' acquired the extended meaning of a believer who is called to witness for their religious belief, and on account of this witness, endures suffering and/or death.

This priest is possessed by the embodiment of the very belief system he refuses. He's going to be called to witness for his own beliefs and will, indefinitely, endure suffering and death.
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luckyangelproduction Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Student General Artist
this is true however, some people use the inverted cross to mock jesus` crucifixion
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SIRE-N Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Student General Artist
I'm using it here to mock the martyr, but yes! You are correct.
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ardenofardrah Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i left a critique, hope you like it, and dont want to rip my head off. my artistic talent lies mostly within storyline, rather than my halfassed cartoon work. compaired to yours, my deviations are childs play, because, mainly, i'm a cartoonist lol though i am good at observation and interpretation, im a verbal creator. a's in english baby lol you are such a good artist that i almost didnt want to be critical at all haha
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SIRE-N Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Student General Artist
Oh, never be afraid to critique my work--I loved it. It was very helpful.
And your writing is beautiful, as well as your illustrated works. You have
a unique style and I like it! (:
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ardenofardrah Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thank you and you are welcome lol :D
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priest fetish ??...cool
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SIRE-N Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Student General Artist
Oh, quite.
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hehe ok
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Darkone10 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013
And that, my children, is why, under no circumstances, do you try to communicate with the world beyond. Terrible things; old, horrifying things reside there in vast depths beyond this mortal coil.
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SIRE-N Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Student General Artist
Truer words never spoken.
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thewatcher509 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013
'Tis A Good Piece.A Good Piece Indeed.
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SIRE-N Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Student General Artist
Ah, thanks friend!
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thewatcher509 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013
You Are Quite Welcome.
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Into-Oblivion97 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I think the use of contrasting colour and strong imagery makes for a very dramatic and striking deviation; one that catches your attention right away. :) I really like this and the symbolism in it. I love representations of good/evil struggle, so this hit home for me.
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SIRE-N Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Student General Artist
Ah, thank you! Yes, the human psyche seems to be obsessed with the cataclysmic battle between the two. It's an interesting topic to write about and it often finds its way into my work.
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Into-Oblivion97 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
We do always balance between these two. Most manage to keep in the middle, but when thrown into extreme situations, which side will we fall to? It's interesting to observe that in civil wars, the vast majority of completely normal people are capable of the most atrocious crimes because there is no authority to exact justice. It's frightening that taking away such a simple factor as punishment will make people do such things, and it makes one wonder if such evil is nurtured within us all. Then there are those contrasting examples where people have gone to almost Mother Teresa-like extremes to help their fellow humans, even in the midst of chaos and war.
The human mind is a machine of mystery.
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SIRE-N Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Student General Artist
You are quite the insightful individual.
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dinshino Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013
Youdo know that the upside-down cross is the cross of St. Peter and nothing rebellious, right?
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Into-Oblivion97 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
But it is generally percieved by society as a symbol of evil, so the artist may still use it to get their point across, even if they are aware of its true meaning.
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dinshino Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013
"...[T]he people are stupid."
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Into-Oblivion97 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Indeed they are.
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SIRE-N Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Student General Artist
Yes, I am completely aware.
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dinshino Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013
Okay. A lot of people don't know that and have a merkstav mentality about it.
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SIRE-N Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Student General Artist
I hope I didn't sound rude! Thank you for your input. I do appreciate it.
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dinshino Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013
No worries.

Besides, as the saying goes, "the people are stupid".
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SIRE-N Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Student General Artist
That they are.
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